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The Netherlands: Get to know Ilse DeLange and Waylon

This morning, the Dutch broadcaster TROS held a press conference where they announced that Ilse DeLange and Waylon have been selected internally to represent The Netherlands at the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

No song has been selected yet but just like last year, it will be done internally with the song presentation expected in 2014. DeLange and Waylon formed the band ‘The Common Linnets’ for a one time concernt in De Grolsch Veste and now extend it for the contest.

Both individuals are already accomplished singers but not everyone may be familiar with them. So we wanted to take this opportunity to introduce them to you.


Ilse DeLange:

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The 36 year old Dutch Singer started her career at age 8 although it wasn’t initially for her actual singing skills but as a lip-synching artist. Eventually she evolved into an actual singer performing at talent shows. She was introduced to country musice years ago when she formed a duo with guitarist Joop Liefland and performed at the Dutch Country Music Awards.  In 1996 Ilse switched back to Pop when joining the groupWij releasing but was unable to enter the charts.

It wasn’t until 1998 when she released her album “World of Hurt” produced in Nashville, U.S. It sold 450,000 copies and Ilse received multipl awards . Overall she released seven studio albums and five live albums and there is no end in sight.

Her songs ‘So inredible’ & ‘Miracle” both peaked at Number 1 in the Dutch charts.

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He rose to fame in 2008 on the reality television show “Holland’s Got Talent” prior to make ing his Top Five hit album debut “Wicked Ways”. The 33 year old singer named himself after the late Waylon Jennings, an American country music singer. Around the turn of the century, Waylon had a short stint at EMI and was given the opportunity to join his idol on tour. After Jennings unexpected death Waylon returned home. After finishing second in the Dutch installment of popular talent show he found sucess with his retro soul- and rock influenced style.



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Photo courtesy: metroniews.nl







Born in Germany, I moved to the United States in 2001 to work at Disney World. My first contact with Eurovision was in 1998 when I randomly joined my friends while staying in Hannover who were on their way to a “Schlager” party. As it turned out it was a live broadcast of the contest to support Guild Horn, the German representative that year. But it wasn’t until 2002, the first year I had to watch the show online from the U.S., that I became obsessed with the contest. In 2007 I started getting involved in the ESC online community and became the Admin of the forum that is still going strong here on ESC UNITED in 2009. I attended the Eurovision Song contest live for the first time in 2011 when my home country won and enjoyed every minute of it. My degree is in Business Communication and I currently work for an Insurance Company in Los Angeles, California. In early 2013 ESCFORUMS & OGAE Rest of the World joined forces and became ESC UNITED and I became a Chief Editor responsible for the Northern Hemisphere. My goal is to spread the Eurovison love around the globe as there are fans not just in Europe but in almost every country. Some of my other hobbies include Video games, jogging, Squash, Volleyball and travelling. I also enjoy charity work and help those that are less fortunate in life spending time at homeless shelters serving food and provide entertainment. My motto in life is “Live and let live”.

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